The New York National Guard Humane Service Medal Ribbon honors New York National Guard Members who demonstrate sustained commendable service in the event of natural disaster relief or other designated humane proceedings in response to an order from the Governor of New York.
Comprised of the New York Army National Guard and New York Air National Guard, the New York National Guard dates back to 1786 with the establishment of a militia following the British occupation of New York City. The New York Army National Guard was officially formed in 1906, and the Air Guard followed in 1917. The Army component numbers over 10,000 guardsmen, and the New York Air National Guard is the largest state Air Guard in the country at nearly 6,000.
The medal is silver and features an open hand in the center, palm out. The image is encircled by a laurel wreath, and the medal is joined to the ribbon with an eagle. The ribbon features a large yellow central section flanked by a thinner blue stripe on either side.
Additional awards may be indicated by gold or silver New York State Shield devices.